If Benjamin Franklin has taught us anything, there are two sure things in life: death and taxes. As tax season kicks into full gear, it’s a good time to also start planning for the inevitable.

What will happen when we’re gone? The checklist of settling a person’s estate can be lengthy, not to mention overwhelming and tedious for our loved ones. Wherever you’re at in life, there’s no time like the present to start planning for your death.

About the writer: Dr. Michael Paletta is the senior vice president and chief medical officer of Hospice of Michigan. He oversees a team of licensed providers caring for more than 5,100 patients annually throughout the state. For more information about Hospice of Michigan, visit www.hom.org.

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